My name is Gillian Forsyth. At the age of 30 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I am now 44 years of age. I wasn’t much of a runner or an athlete although I had just started doing some running races prior to being diagnosed. I attributed my weight loss/constant sugar cravings and thirst to this recently found sport of running. Finally, experiencing some dizziness, I actually went to the doctor who promptly told me to go to emergency as I had had diabetes for several months and my blood was dangerously high in sugar and had been for quite sometime. I was close to going into a diabetic coma. Since then I have dabbled in endurance sports. Competing in marathons, adventure races and 24 hour mountain biking. And later, ironmen – halfs and fulls.
I have completed 21 marathons, 2 of which were part of an ironman race. I have qualified for the Boston marathon 4 times and have run it 3 times (2004,2005,2008) and have placed in my age group at several running events. I am a two time ironman finisher. September 2011 Wisconsin and May 2012 Texas. Over the years I have grown to know how running is impacted by diabetes and visa versa. I am now trying to figure out ironmen. Its a whole new ball game!!!
This summer I am trying my hand at coaching. I will be coaching the American Diabetes Association marathon training group as part of fitness formula clubs.